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Daily Devotion for June 14, 2015


<i>The Angel</i> by the distinctive Art Deco designer Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), ca. 1930.
The Angel by the distinctive Art Deco designer Erté (Romain de Tirtoff), ca. 1930.

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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

The extraordinary Fron Choir (from Froncysyllte, Wales) provides today’s hymn: “When I Survey The Wonderous Cross.”



Prayer of Ambrose of Milan

O  Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love and adore you, a heart to delight in you, to follow and to enjoy you, for Christ's sake.

Amen.

Lord, Bless My Enemies

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Enemies have driven me into Thy embrace more than friends have.
Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.
Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world.
Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.
They have punished me, whenever I have hesitated to punish myself.
They have tormented me, whenever I have tried to flee torments.
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself.
They have spat upon me, whenever I have filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Whenever I have made myself wise, they have called me foolish.
Whenever I have made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background.
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand.
Whenever I thought that I would sleep peacefully, they have wakened me from sleep.
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they have demolished it and driven me out.
Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thy garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.
Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:
so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;
so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;
so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;
so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins: arrogance and anger;
so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;
ah, so that I may for once be freed from self deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.
One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.
It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies.
Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies.
A slave curses enemies, for he does not understand.
But a son blesses them, for he understands. For a son knows that his enemies cannot touch his life. Therefore he freely steps among them and prays to God for them.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

Amen.

Benediction

Finally, may I go forth filled with the joy and confidence of your Spirit; and may everything I do, in word or deed, today and in the coming week, be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.



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Individual Attention

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”

~ (Saint) Augustine of Hippo


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Matthew 12:1-8 (ESV)

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat.

But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only for the priests? Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”


Notes on the Scripture

The Jewish laws on what may be done, and what is forbidden to be done, on the Sabbath were enormous in number and minutely detailed. Suffice it to say, here, that gathering and preparing food clearly transgressed many prohibitions.

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The Pharisees naturally — and from their point of view, correctly — criticize the conduct. Jesus' response is complex. He first gives an historical precedent from 1 Samuel 21 when David, on a mission from King Saul, ate the consecrated bread in the tabernacle. David gave, as his excuse, that he was on a holy mission.

Thus, by implication, Christ states that his disciples may bypass the Sabbath food laws, because they are (with apologies to the Blues Brothers) on a mission from God.

His second justification is similar. Priests prepared bread in the temple on the Sabbath, just as today, even the strictest Christian church will exempt the pastor or priest and his assistants from the fourth commandment. How could we worship on Sunday, if nobody could do any work in furtherance of the worship?

But now, Christ begins to go beyond merely claiming to be on a holy mission; he claims that where he stands is “greater than the temple.” Reading any of the Gospels, one is struck by how often Christ will hint, obliquely, that he is the Son of God, the Messiah, without directly stating it. One might infer that the time for him to be crucified has not yet come, and so he avoids a direct statement that would get him arrested for extreme blasphemy; but that is speculation, not a statement from the Bible.

Finally, he says “the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.” Christ often refers to himself as the Son of Man, and scholars have inferred at least two reasons for it. First, it is not a clear statement of his divinity. He wants his followers to understand, but not his enemies. Even very late in his ministry, people are not positive that he is referring to himself when he uses the term. (John 12:34) It's code. So, we might infer that Christ's real audience are those who believe in him, not the inimical Pharisees with whom He argues.

Second, He will call himself the “Son of Man” when he wants to emphasize that, for a few short years, God became a human being; that he was here among us, as one of us, born from the body of a woman and entirely human. In other words, where the living human body of Jesus is standing, God is standing. So the cornfield is as holy as the temple.



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